April 21, 2015
OLCC’s Rob Patridge named one of 12 most influential people in U.S. on marijuana policy
By Noelle Crombie, The Oregonian
A Washington, D.C., think tank named Oregon Liquor Control Commission chairman Rob Patridge to its list of most influential people in U.S. marijuana policy.
As chairman, Patridge, the district attorney for Klamath County, oversees the agency charged with regulating Oregon’s marijuana industry. The list was compiled by John Hudak, a fellow at the Brookings Institution. Hudak is managing editor of the Brookings’ FixGov blog.
Others on the list include: Hillary Clinton, Rand Paul, as well as high-profile marijuana legalization opponent Kevin Sabet, and the the director of the Alaska agency that will carry out marijuana regulations.
Hudak singled out Patridge for his efforts to involve the public in the regulatory process.
Patridge’s Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) has organized statewide listening tours, offers transparent online communications systems, and posts official meetings and hearings online in an effort to keep the public informed. In many ways. Patridge and the OLCC have set the standard for public inclusion in post-legalization deliberations around the implementation of recreational marijuana.
— Noelle Crombie